Gonzalez wins yet another tight match at Swiss Indoors

Oct 27, 2006 - 6:04 PM BASEL, Switzerland (Ticker) - Chile's Fernando Gonzalez keeps on finding ways to win at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors.

The third-seeded Gonzalez rallied past Argentine wild card Juan Martin del Potro, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, on Friday to reach the semifinals of the $1.073 million tournament.

Gonzalez, who edged Italian lucky loser Simone Bolelli in three tiebreakers in the first round and saved six match points against American Mardy Fish on Thursday, entered the event ninth in the race for the eight-man Tennis Masters Cup.

He can surpass eighth-place Spaniard Tommy Robredo - who lost in the first round at St. Petersburg, Russia on Tuesday - by reaching Sunday's final.

In Saturday's semifinals, Gonzalez will play local favorite Stanislas Wawrinka, who upset second-seeded Argentine David Nalbandian, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2.

Nalbandian is sixth in the points race. Had he reached the final here, he would have been assured of a spot in Shanghai, where he beat top-ranked Roger Federer in last year's championship.

The top-seeded Federer, who never has won his hometown event, survived a marathon second-set tiebreaker to beat No. 5 David Ferrer of Spain, 6-3, 7-6 (16-14), for his 22nd consecutive victory.

Federer, who improved to 85-5 this year, awaits either seventh seed Jose Acasuso of Argentina or Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand.

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